Saturday, 6 August 2011

Forest Green Rovers - The New Lawn


Forest Green Rovers FC
The New Lawn
Smiths Way
Nailsworth
Gloucestershire
GL6 0FG

01453 834860




Matchday Number: 130
Sunday 11th November 2007
Forest Green Rovers 2-2 Rotherham United
FA Cup 1st Round



In an entertaining game at the New Lawn, Forest Green Rovers and Rotherham United shared 4 goals in a pulsating FA Cup game.

Leaving from work at 12, I picked up Paul in Slough. Rather amusingly he had the cheek to claim that his team, the Prince Of Wales were cheated in their 4-2 cup tie defeat against Citroen UK.

This despite the Citroen side starting with 10 men, but the game being evened up when one of the Prince of Wales players was sent off for handball on the line. Citroen had the cheek to bring on an 11th player with 5 minutes to go with the game already decided!!

The trip up the M4 was as bad as it could possibly be, with a stinking great accident causing us to sit at a complete standstill or 90 minutes. Why it took so long to clear is any ones guess, 4 hours in total the junction was closed. Surely in the interests of the victims it was in their interest to seek medical attention ASAP, it's certainly no fun for the innocent bystanders to be stuck with nowhere to go. Although a pleasant change when we got out to the country roads, all clear and some lovely views of the Cotswolds.

We eventually did get going and were "only" 15 minutes late in the end. Forest Green were very accommodating and friendly, letting us in through reception as all the gates were shut. Their safety officer also remembered his opposite number at Wycombe Richard "Stan" Stanford as a miserable bugger, from when they went on a training course together, although I think he was half joking.

The game was brilliant. Stuart Fleetwood put in a great performance for the home side, scoring both their goals, both neat finishes. Rovers were unlucky not to have the tie won by half time but a shot that looked well over the line was adjudged "no goal" by the match officials, who otherwise did an OK job. So the non leaguers 2-0 up at the break, Rotherham offering nothing, and being booed off by their own fans at half time.

Forest Green continued to dominate after half time and should have added to their tally. Rotherham pulled one back from the spot around the hour mark, but still they looked well out of it. But during another Forest Green attack on 84 minutes, Rotherham moved quickly to break and grab the equaliser with the shot being drilled into the bottom left corner. Very harsh on the home side as Rotherham had threatened rarely. Even after the goal the home side had the better chances. But it finished all square, a replay occurring the Tuesday after, which Forest Green won 3-0 with a great performance.

We listened to the FA Cup draw on the way home, when ironically, Swindon, Wycombe's conquerors were drawn at home to the eventual winners of that days tie. Given Forest Green's excellent performance, perhaps it was a blessing in disguise that we didn't go through.

The New Lawn is a fantastic ground. A large stand one one side, capacity around 2000. A terrace of the same height and capacity was at one end. The other end was a small seated stand, which is used for away fans, whilst the most basic side is uncovered terracing, obviously with future expansion in mind. 







































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